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Trey Gowdy clash with Darrel Issa has Capitol Hill buzzing over Benghazi committee

When Trey Gowdy’s in charge, closed-door means closed door.

Gowdy, the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, escorted fellow Republican heavyweight Darrell Issa of California out of a hearing room Tuesday where Clinton family hatchet man Sidney Blumenthal was testifying about the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.

Issa is the former chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and a known scourge of the Obama administration on the Hill, but he’s not a member of Gowdy’s Select Committee on Benghazi. And that means he wasn’t allowed in the closed hearing. As The Hill reported:

Issa marched into the closed-door deposition and remained inside for about a minute before he was escorted out by the panel’s chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.). The pair briefly exchanged hushed words in a nearby hallway before Issa stormed off, throwing an empty soda can into a nearby trash bin.

Gowdy declined to talk about the incident later, according to The Hill, but that didn’t stop commenters on social media, of course. Many praised the South Carolina Republican for making sure the select committee’s rules are being followed — even if it’s a fellow Republican trying to sit in.  

Democrats and liberals on social media had a good time making fun of the perceived clash between the two Republicans, but Americans watching the committee’s progress are just looking for results.  

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